What they're saying about Bucs-Saints

Published Sept. 16, 2013

Josh Freeman, Bucs QB, on the Tampa Bay defense:

"They've played unbelievable, especially this game. Playing a quarterback like Drew Brees. Holding (the Saints) to the numbers that they did. They give us a chance. Offensively, we didn't come out and have the type of game that we really felt like we needed to have to win this game."

Greg Schiano, Bucs coach, on more Bucs penalties for illegal hits:

"We just need to keep working on the strike zone, making sure we're hitting where it's legal. Emphasize it."

Jeremy Zuttah, Bucs center:

"It's extra tough. To come up 6 yards, 3 yards short, two weeks in a row. The defense bailed us out all game, but we let them down at the end two weeks in a row."

Darrelle Revis, Bucs CB, on Saints QB Drew Brees:

"Nothing against him, he is a great quarterback, but he is not that tall, so we wanted to get guys in his face and try to disrupt his throws. That's what we did and it worked out."

Leonard Johnson, Bucs cornerback, on Marques Colston's 31-yard catch that set up the winning field goal:

"Great throw, great catch, but one play doesn't put a stamp on the game."

Sean Payton, Saints coach:

"We're fortunate to get a win. I was proud of the fact (the Saints) didn't quit. … Hats off to Tampa. I thought they played outstanding on defense."

Brees, on his thoughts before the Saints' last drive:

"We're going to win the game. Right when they line up for the field goal, you just visualized it happening in your mind. … You just believe it would happen. … I considered there was no doubt among our team."

Marcus Carmouche, New Orleans Times-Picayune:

It's not too often a defense fools Drew Brees. Tampa Bay did a good job of forcing Brees into uncharacteristic mistakes and making him second-guess his reads. The Bucs' two interceptions accounted for all of their points, and they sacked Brees four times. Brees never truly found his comfort zone until the last drive.

Jeff Duncan, New Orleans Times-Picayune:

One way to win a game is to allow the other team to lose it. The Saints weren't at their best Sunday, but they didn't have to be against the woeful Buccaneers, who can't get out of their own way these days.

George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel:

Whether it's true or not, the perception is that (Schiano and Freeman) are a couple stuck in a loveless marriage. And there'll be quite a bit of the negative chatter that will leave ears burning for both men.

Despite a strong defensive effort that included a goal-line stand just before halftime, the Bucs seemed terribly undisciplined. Three personal fouls and an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty do not bode well for a coach who was brought in last year to play bad cop in the locker room and clean up the la-di-da mess left behind by Raheem Morris.

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated:

If Freeman does indeed ask for a trade, it would not be hard to understand why. The last thing he would want is to hit free agency after being benched for (Mike) Glennon and labeled as the cause of a Tampa Bay regression in 2013.

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This whole situation could change if Freeman and the Buccaneers get hot in the coming weeks. That possibility is more and more unlikely as the tension grows between Freeman and Schiano.